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Two New Jersey Men Indicted for Negligently Handling Asbestos
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Two men of Riverside, N.J., were indicted for negligently handling asbestos during a demolition and carelessly exposing their employees without proper protection. According to the article, the men agreed to cover all the demolition costs including proper asbestos abatement for all the recyclable materials that were in the building. However, the men failed to follow the proper procedures and are now being charged with serious crimes, “including second-degree offenses that carry a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.”  Lucas K. Murray, Courier Post Online  06/21/2012
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Western Australian Mine Site Contaminated with Asbestos
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The West Angeles mine site in Pilbara, Western Australia, has warned their employees that the site was contaminated with asbestos. According to the article, “the asbestos was brought in from the Holcim quarry in Newman as landfill.” The Holcim quarry has voluntarily shut their operations down until further tests are performed. “Rio Tinto spokeswoman says exposure levels were below the occupational exposure limit.”  Staff Report, ABC News Australia  06/27/2012
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Georgia Contractor Negligently Exposed Residents to Asbestos
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A Georgia Construction Company, Kidd and Associates Environmental Contractors, allegedly removed asbestos-containing debris from a high school during a renovation putting nearby residents at risk of exposure. According to nearby resident Joe Hirsch, the employees were tossing debris into a dumpster located near a bus stop and play ground. The school district stated their tests show no asbestos was present; however, the EPA will perform their own tests to confirm.  Steven Kiggins, CBS Atlanta  06/26/2012
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